The College of Idaho is set to host “Batter Up: Baseball in American Culture,” a week of free public programming happening July 13-17 as part of the Idaho Humanities Council’s Summer Institute for Idaho Teachers. The institute includes four public events, each set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
Keynote speaker Jane Leavy leads things off July 13 with her presentation “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood,” which is based upon her New York Times bestselling book of the same name.
On July 14, nationally syndicated cartoonist Steve Moore presents “Baseball in the Bleachers,” a retrospective commentary on his favorite In the Bleachers baseball cartoons.
Award-winning poet and novelist Gary Gildner steps to the plate July 15 with “Getting Home: Baseball in Communist Poland,” a discussion of his book The Warsaw Sparks, which details his experience coaching a polish baseball team.
Batting cleanup on July 17 is former Major League ballplayer Bill Buckner, who will be interviewed on stage by Robert Santelli, executive director of The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and author of The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List.
“Batter Up: Baseball in American Culture” is funded in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more, visit www.idahohumanities.org.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.